British Academy’s first Language Week: a boost for languages in the UK

Next week, the British Academy will hold its first Language Week, comprising of a series of events for a combination of public and invited audiences. The events will
explore and champion the learning and use of languages in schools, universities,
policy making and public life. Events will take place primarily at the British Academy.

Multilingualism and the Internet (a joint event with the AHRC)
Tuesday 20 November, 6-8pm
Speakers will consider how the spread of a high-speed global internet and increasing use of social media has changed the way in which global citizens interact linguistically.
The discussion will be chaired by Professor Shalom Lappin FBA and panellists will include Professor Louisa Sadler, Dr Matthew Stuttle (Google) and Dr Ivan Panović.
This event is free to attend. Register here.

Languages and Entrepreneurship (a joint event with the Higher Education Academy)
Wednesday 21 November, 6-8pm, followed by reception
This event will explore how student international mobility and language learning can give rise to entrepreneurship and commercial success.
The panel will be composed of entrepreneurs, including founder of Applingua Ltd, Robert Lo Bue, founder of Claire L Grant Language Services, interpreter and translator Claire Lucia Grant and co-founder of Memrise, Ed Cooke.
This event is free to attend. Register here.

The Language Cauldron: Making the most of Multilingual Britain (a joint event with Cumberland Lodge)
Thursday 22 November, 10am – 5pm
This conference will bring together leading academics and public sector workers, educationalists and writers in a vibrant and constructive cross-sector discussion that takes a positive approach to existing language resources in the UK.
The conference will be divided into three panel discussions; The Language
Landscape; Multilingualism and Community Languages in Schools; and, Engaging
Education – the Arts and Multilingualism.
Confirmed speakers include: Professor Dick Wiggins, Prof Yaron Matras, Professor Mike Kelly, Bernardette Holmes, Professor Itesh Sachdev and Dr Raymonde Sneddon.
This event is free to attend. Register here.

Please contact Hannah Burd (h.burd@britac.ac.uk) for further information on Language Week 2012.

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